News for February 2010

let your ears tell you what to do – things i’ve learned today

whatever you do you’ll never stop learning. even when you’re only reminded of something you have learned before. that happened to me during last week’s audio editing sessions.
on the internet you can find a whole lot of tutorials concerning mixing, mastering and audio production in general. that is fantastic and i’m kind of a fan of such tuts. however, there are some strings attached to those things which i want to point out once more.
in most tutorials you’ll find the note ‘this is not a general rule’ in one form or another. that seems quite obvious and right but if you are looking for information, you tend to overread or forget that.
now here comes the point: you shall not forget this!!!
there are tons of different styles of music and all of them have different needs, soundwise … actually every song has it’s own needs. what works for one does not necessarily work for others. and most importantly, your songs are your songs. which is why you know how they need to sound and no one else! one of the best sentences concerning this matter is by joe gilder. in his video tutorial on EQ (which is great and really worth watching, btw) he said: “… we’re doing audio. so there is no rules per se. … just let your ears tell you what to do.”
this really helped me out last week as i felt like reaching a dead end during my work on the new tracks. nothing seemed to sound just right at all. and why was that? well, i read some tutorials and sticked to what they suggested … too closely as it turned out … i learned that lesson the hard way ;)
however, as i’m writing this, i have a bunch of final mixdowns on my harddrive. and they sound just as i want them to :) … all according to the plan!

Posted: February 23rd, 2010
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udosson://mredit

since yesterday a new and extended preview of the audio visual project UDOSSON://MREDIT is online.
you can head over to vimeo or just watch it here:

for more info on UDOSSON://MREDIT drop by our website or find us at myspace or facebook

Posted: February 14th, 2010
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mixed …

i guess, today was actually the last of a series of long days of finalising the mixes of my new tracks. and you are right in guessing that i spent the whole day in my room (that’s what i like to call my cosy studio). although i really like working in my studio, sometimes there are clearly some things that can be slightly annoying. for example, the room tends to cool down rather quickly. nice in summer – not so nice in winter. and the result of this is:

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in general, tho, i really like winter. it’s totally inspiring … cold, silent and dim outside, warm and comfortable inside. very nice. however, when your room is poorly isolated and you have to wait for the heating to kick in you end up sitting at your desk with your gloves on.

still, the good news is that after editing automations, cleaning up frequency bands and doing all the other stuff, i’m pretty confident that the mixing is done. that doesn’t mean it’s all over tho … mastering is the name of the game. a lot has been written about mastering and there are as many opinions about whether you can do that yourself or not as there are audio-production-related blogs out there. well, it seems that i’m one of those who believe you can. just as that politician once said: yes, we can!

Posted: February 6th, 2010
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